on Jul 29, 2013
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other Gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry's first wife, Persephone.



Genre(s): Young Adult / Romance / Mythology







Review: While I enjoyed this book it didn't capture my interest as much as the first book did.

I think author relies very heavily on the myths, and our previous ideas of the characters rather than presenting situations for the characters traits to be shown.

On a distant yet relevant note (I promise) in another book I was recently reading one character said in reference to the main character, "I think she's the only rational one here." Well that's how I felt about Kate while reading this novel. All I kept thinking was that she was the only sane one in the book. All the rest of these people are crazy, and not in a good way.

Kate acts very much more like an adult than a teenager, while Henry acts very immature and teenager-ish. Making it incredibly hard to believe at moments that he is thousands of years old and a God. The other Gods act out of character often as well. I still don't have a good idea of Henry's character.

There was plenty of intrigue in Henry and Kate's relationship. They make a great couple but the endless drama surrounding their relationship became very tiring at times.

If there's one thing that romance novels have taught us its that communication is key in a relationship. So it was frustrating when at the end, it was presented like if Henry and Kate had just spoken earlier in the novel, then everything would have been fine.

That was, to put it frankly....lame.



~ Important Links ~
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Learn more at the authors website



About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and watching The Big Bang Theory. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Jul 27, 2013
The book blog tour has ended for Defiance. Several wonderful blogs shared links and reviews as well 
as a song list and interviews.  In celebration, I thought I would share some of the reviews
 that have been posted posted on Goodreads:

" The characters are varied, they’re heroic, flawed, brave, some were a combination of all traits,
even Shiovra with her reaction to, and actions with Odhrán, was imperfect and that fact made 
each of them more believable and realistic."
~ Jane
 

"The reader is introduced to an intriguing place of magic and battle. Cunning enemies and a vast 
detailed landscape. Several secrets remain hidden and I am anxious to read the next book, Betrayal."
~ M.A. Bronson
 

 "What I loved most about this story was the way Sasina created a world you could get lost in. 
Her imagery was detailed and painted Tara as a fantastical place that I could envision 
in my mind through her writing."
~ T.M. Smith

 

  "I wasn't sure exactly what to expcet when I first began Defiance, but needless to say I am glad I picked it up. From the first page I was able to walk in the land with the characters and that is something some books lack in the beginning."
~ Lindsey
 

"It was absolutely fascinating to travel with Shiovra, and the men and women in her life. 
The details to this story are phenomenal and makes the story worth following."
~ Kj Partridge
 

          "The story line was great and very addictive> I felt the author painted a beautiful 
            picture in my mind with all the details, but not too many details that it bored me."
    ~ Black Words-White Pages

To read the full reviews, please visit: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16003685-defiance


Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.
At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.
Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.


on Jul 22, 2013

 It’s official. Myth is doomed.

And it’s all Chloe Clever’s fault.

Still as whacked out as ever, Chloe is now faced with an even uglier truth: Not only is she the Pythia of the Great Unknown, but she is more powerful than she ever imagined and only the manifestations of her prophetic mind can save them all now.

With her Prince boyfriend, Strafford, and the Quad Fraternity always armed and ready to annihilate the opposition, she will embark on a mission to stop a great power that could consume every god in Myth...and everyone else she’s come to love.

But the worst is still to come.

Dark, painful secrets are revealed, threatening to tear Strafford from her arms, and just when she thinks the future could not look more grim, she is betrayed in the worst way.

With the heavens crumbling down around her, she must hurry to find a way to set things right. But will she be in time to save the one she loves most in the world from a fate that may be more dangerous than her own?

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Mythology / Romance







Review: Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise is a exciting blend of romance, adventure and enchanting mythology! 

Chloe Clever is back, with more prophecy, myth and sarcastic demigods. I love Chloe. I think she's a very relatable and down-to-earth character. 

Team Strafford! Oh, he is just too much, I love him (insert fangirl squeal here). In this installment more of Strafford's past is revealed to the reader. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what mysterious deed happened to disgrace the sun prince. 

*Mini spoiler-sort of* I'm really curious to see what part Torrent has to play in all of this. I can tell he is going to be one of those characters that I half love and half hate.  

This book was full of surprises as well, especially in the later chapters, some good, some not-so-good. This series is very rich in the actually Greek mythology, something some other popular series have lacked. I don't want to spoil anything but it was very enjoyable to read in depth about some myths and places I've only heard about. 

And the ending argghhh, I was so surprised! I just wanted to jump in and save everyone. There is also a certain God who is infuriating. 

Diantha Jones has once again taken us on a thrilling adventure through the land of the gods and kept us rooting for a red-headed mortal to save the world. 

Totally starting the third book...like now!


Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes&Noble

About the Author:
Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. 

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway: http://www.diantha-jones.com/p/giveaways.html
on Jul 21, 2013

Check out Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy, #1) as it tours around these wonderful blogs!
Be sure to visit all the blogs and read reviews, interviews and even enter a chance to win a signed print copy!

 
on Jul 11, 2013
Hello everyone! I'm happy to be back reviewing, though I am a little rusty, and although I can't take books to review since I don't have much time anymore, I hope you enjoy a few of my reviews now and then on books I've been reading.

Genre: classical, Gothic

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

In London, the artist Basil Hallward meets the stately Dorian Gray, immediately becomes inspired to paint his portrait. Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, believes it is a masterpiece, though Basil is disappointed and refuses to exhibit it because he believes that he has revealed too much of his feelings for his subject. Dorian is soon led to believe that his portrait will someday remind him about his lost beauty and youth. He and Lord Henry become fast friends, and Dorian vows to lead a life dedicated to the pursuit of happiness. As Dorian's innocence slips away, his portrait slowly changes from youthful to old, just as he had feared. He slowly delves into a life of corruption, all while his portrait shows the results of his actions.


Review:

I loved the plot and the mystery surrounding the portrait! This wasn't at all what I had been expecting.

There was a lot of detail and older language used, so it is a more challenging read, not exactly the perfect book for everyone. I found that it took a lot of re-reading to fully understand the intention behind each sentence, but it was well worth it.

*Spoilers ahead!* highlight to read

My favorite parts of the novel were the deaths of Sybil Vane and Basil Hallward. They added a lot of interest and kept me engaged. I felt as though they were the easiest to picture (why? I will never know), and they made me excited. They were very unexpected!

Overall, I feel like this was a little challenging to read, but there is a lot of surprise that I was not expecting from a classical novel. If you want to try a more exciting classic, this is the book for you.

*This is one of three books on my Brit Lit reading list so more reviews are coming!*

Upcoming reviews

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
on Jul 6, 2013
 Every other girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...



Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Greek Mythology





Review: I loved the beginning! The opening sentence was fantastic and it draws you in from the very start. 

I liked Kate a lot, but by the end of the novel I still felt like I didn't know her. Do you know what I mean? I felt this way about Henry too. I would have liked some more insight into her character and much more interaction between her and Henry. 

Henry was odd throughout much of the story, which was fine. The lord of the Underworld would be odd to say the least

I did find Eden to be very unrealistic. James' behavior is very odd and the reason behind it is not given until far into the novel. I found it hard to believe that he would randomly befriend Kate, but then again books are fantasy and wouldn't we all love to start a new school and have instant life-long friends? 

I think it's important to remember that this is one authors version of a story involving the Greek Gods. It is not meant to be a guide to legends made up a thousand years ago nor is it meant to copy everything you learned in eleventh grade mythology. I found Miss Carter's take on Greek mythology interesting and was pleased to find that the 'gods' were quite human. 

*Thar be spoilers ahead!* Highlight to read. 
Everything ends up being an elaborate set-up orchestrated by Demeter, Hades and the council. Her mother technically never really died because, oh yeah, she's a Goddess, too. Their moving to Eden was planned, and Eden never really existed in the first place. And that dear penners (do you like the nickname...no, that's okay we're still working on it ;) is what sort of ruined the book for me. I still give it five stars, it's definitely one of the best YA books I've read this year. But it everything felt fake and unromantic after I learned it was a set-up. 
I think the idea that he loves her from afar and believes she is the one for him would be better. It also got weird, awkward and uncomfortable when his friend offered to have a daughter just so Hades/Henry could have a Queen. Creeeepy. 

I think like many readers I was looking forward to something very similar to the myth, like twin similar to the Hades/Persephone myth. And this book isn't that. It's certainly a good read but the likeness to the myth evaporates quickly and is replaced by Carter's unique voice as she blends an entirely new tale. The story of Henry and Kate. 




About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is a 17-year-old author and book reviewer. She is
currently editing her next release, a YA Paranormal Romance novella.
. Her debut, Ashes, Ashes is now available on amazon and smashwords! :) 
on Jul 4, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: Sunbolt #1

Blurb: The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.



When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.




Review: Sunbolt is an enchanting read, full of adventure and mystery. 

The main character, Hitomi was very interesting. She is independent with a complicated past. It will be awesome to uncover the pieces of her past as the series continues. 

It was very well written, the descriptions were lovely. The information and back story was given gradually, rather than all at the beginning (something I'm terribly guilty of doing myself). 

Also I loved the conversation with the crow! That was so cute and unusual, and really funny. It was something I had never read before. 

I think this book was great for setting up a series. Many different characters were introduced and I'm sure we will see them again in future installments. I'm really excited to learn more about all the fascinating characters that were introduced and to see were Hitomi's journey takes her next! 


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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the cost of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality with the Cincinnati Health Department—which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles.





About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time gaming, reading, drinking tea, writing, and staring at maps of mythical lands. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab